Saul Bellow in Tuscany (at Fattoria dei Barbi) and a “desire for the Brunello wine”
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Saul Bellow in Tuscany (at Fattoria dei Barbi) and a “desire for the Brunello wine”

Many are familiar with the famous quote from Saul Bellow, “You can never lose your desire for the Brunello wine. Your susceptibility returns at the same rate as the glass fills.” But few remember where it comes from or why he wrote those lines (and sadly, too many quote it incorrectly, translating it back to … Continue reading

Michael Godel: “All visits to Montalcino should conclude at La Fattoria dei Barbi.”
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Michael Godel: “All visits to Montalcino should conclude at La Fattoria dei Barbi.”

“All visits to Montalcino should conclude at La Fattoria dei Barbi,” writes Michael Godel (above), leading Canadian wine writer and taste-maker. “Barbi has been owned by the Cinellí Colombini family in Montalcino since 1352. The property extends over 350 hectares (865 acres) of fields and vineyards in southern Tuscany, in Montalcino, Scansano and Chianti. Production … Continue reading

U.S. friends: Please voice your concerns about pending wine tariffs by writing to your representatives
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U.S. friends: Please voice your concerns about pending wine tariffs by writing to your representatives

American friends and wine lovers, As you are probably already aware, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is currently considering the implementation of 100 percent tariffs on wines produced in the European Union, including Italian wines. Using the first two links below, you can writes to your representatives in congress expressing your concern (it takes just … Continue reading

Scores and tasting notes from top wine critics (for your holiday consideration)
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Scores and tasting notes from top wine critics (for your holiday consideration)

The following are just some of the scores and tasting notes published by leading wine critics in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Italy. Click here for the complete thread of our most recent accolades. Happy holidays, everyone! And happy holiday shopping! Suckling: “2015 a historical year for Montalcino,” 96 points for Barbi Brunello … Continue reading

Op-ed: Brunello can be “classic” but never “normal”
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Op-ed: Brunello can be “classic” but never “normal”

Our English-language blogger Jeremy Parzen proposes that blended, non-riserva Brunello should be referred to as “classic” instead of “normal.” Let’s just get this straight for once and for all: there’s nothing normale about Brunello di Montalcino. Nor is there anything normale about Barolo or Barbaresco. Ever since Italian wine began “trending” in the U.S. in … Continue reading

Nose, palate, and mind: “The Best Pairing for Aged Wine Is Already in Your Glass,” writes top wine writer Jameson Fink
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Nose, palate, and mind: “The Best Pairing for Aged Wine Is Already in Your Glass,” writes top wine writer Jameson Fink

“Can food overpower, or even eclipse the pleasures of a well-aged bottle of wine?” asks iconoclast wine writer (and one of our favorites) Jameson Fink in a recent post for top wine blog VinePair. “The greatest aged wines are complex and contemplative,” he posits. “Perhaps it’s better to appreciate their subtleties without disparate, competing flavors … Continue reading